Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much for this nomination from Junell at MissAdventures in Adulting!  I have seen this award around but have never been nominated before, so this is very exciting. I’ve been blogging for years on health and fitness but recently switched my focus to travel and lifestyle. It has been so much fun! I love sharing inspiration and ideas for other busy moms to create an adventurous life wherever they are. In case you are reading this and aren’t quite sure what this award is, the Sunshine Blogger Award is given to new bloggers striving to be a positive and inspiring part of the blogging community. Award Rules Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and links back to their blog. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog. So here are my answers to the questions Junell asked me: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? The beach – I’m in need of some sun and sand. What are your blogging goals for the rest of the year, and 5 years from now? I’d like to continue to inspire more busy families to create everyday adventures for their lives! In 5 years I’d love to be doing this full-time. When and where do you do your best work? Sitting outside a coffee shop. Preferably on a sunny day! What is one random talent you have? I’m a...

Check out The Willard on the Yums!

Do you like restaurant reviews? Ready for a comfortable visit? Along with delicious food? That’s what I share about in my latest article posted on The Yums. In this article, I share about a wonderful restaurant called The Willard found in Franklin, Indiana. You’ll learn a little history of the place, what to order and why it’s a great choice. If you love good food, and a fun atmosphere, check it out!...
Halloween Fun at ZooBoo

Halloween Fun at ZooBoo

Just one more weekend of Halloween inspired fun left this month! As one of my favorite times of the year, this makes me a little sad, but there is still time to create your own Halloween themed everyday adventure! If you are looking for something in the Indianapolis area, check out ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo.  When the kids were younger, I always had a family membership to the zoo. It was a great option for a fun morning or afternoon with the kids. Even if the weather isn’t the best, some of the most interesting exhibits at the zoo (pet a shark anyone?) are indoors, so it is definitely a year-round option. One event we got to every year was ZooBoo. The kids loved the trick-or-treating, I loved being outside and we all loved watching the animals. However, as sports started taking over our lives, we have missed the last few years of ZooBoo. Each year, I’d try to fit in a visit and it just didn’t happen. This year we finally made it back! I couldn’t believe how much ZooBoo has grown in the past few years. The old standbys were there – the pumpkin bowling, trick or treating on the plains and the carousel riding backward, but we also found some fun new additions. Check out the mirror maze – I loved that the employee working held each group back a bit so we weren’t just following the person in front of us. Made for a much better experience. The section of the zoo where most of the activities were held is much fancier than the white...
A full day of fun in Kokomo, Indiana

A full day of fun in Kokomo, Indiana

I have to admit that even though I’ve lived in our current area for over twenty years, and driven through Kokomo dozens of times, I’ve never stopped to explore this charming Indiana town that’s only 30 minutes from my home. Thank goodness I finally came to my senses and we decided to check it out. Kokomo, Indiana has some wonderful adventures to offer! We started our day in Kokomo with a tour of the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory. This tour was phenomenal. Kokomo Opalescent Glass is 1 of only 4 factories left in the US that specialize in art glass. They are the oldest having begun operation in 1888 – that makes them 130 years old this November. During the tour, we got to walk through the entire factory and learn the process of making art glass from start to finish. I’ve never been on a factory tour where we were able to get so close to the action. Our first stop was the ovens where they melt the glass – look at this! These ovens last about 25 years and run continuously at over 2000 degrees. Needless to say, it was HOT in this room. We got to watch the employees running the molten glass to a machine where another employee mixed it and pushed it through to be flattened. Then it goes through a cooling process and you’ll end up with a beautiful sheet of glass. It was really amazing. Here’s a short clip where you can see a tiny bit of how it’s done: After watching that, we walked through the rest of the factory including...
Do you have 5 minutes to increase your energy?

Do you have 5 minutes to increase your energy?

I want to have plenty of energy for any adventures we find. Just last week I was playing an energetic game of Archery Tag – I don’t want to have to miss out on fun experiences like that because I’m out of shape. Or how about enjoying a walk on the beach? Or a hike in the woods. If I don’t take care of myself, I either miss out or am miserable when given these opportunities. That’s why I make a conscious effort to exercise every day. Usually, I hit the treadmill and do a little pilates or yoga, but sometimes I’m really crunched for time or I want to mix things up. That’s when I pull out my Erin Stutland workouts. I love them, and she is about to begin her biggest FREE challenge of the year. I participate every time it’s available and it’s just the kickstart I need to get really motivated again. Best of all, it takes 5 minutes a day. Really. Do you have the best intentions about working out, but it never seems to happen? Maybe you say these things to yourself: I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I’m weak. I’m just not good at it. I don’t like it. Now just for a moment, imagine something different. Imagine you could do something really good for your body–and your mind–in just 5 minutes. You’ve got 5 minutes, don’t you? And what if you were done with that 5-minute workout, instead of feeling sad and tired, you actually felt empowered and excited and even a little giddy? THIS is what you experience when working...
Afternoon Adventures at Crown Haven Center

Afternoon Adventures at Crown Haven Center

Ever ridden in one of these? Until last week, I hadn’t either. It’s a M923 A2 Military logistics vehicle, and let me tell you, it is BIG. Last week we were lucky enough to spend an afternoon of adventuring at Crown Haven Center. It’s just outside Kokomo, Indiana about 40 minutes North of the Indianapolis area. Crown Haven Center would be a perfect day trip – the setting is beautiful and there is so much to do! Our first adventure was heading off road in that mammoth vehicle – it went right through streams, brush and up and down hills like they were nothing. On the ride, we also got to see a small bit of the property and it is gorgeous. We drove by a campfire – perfect for Scouting or other groups to enjoy while camping, a gun range if your group is interested in shooting, and lots of nooks and crannies where wildlife lives. In October, Crown Haven Center offers a unique outing on Friday/Saturday and Sunday nights. You’ll load up in the vehicle, equipped with paintball guns and head out to shoot zombies. Sounds fun, right? If we can squeeze it in, you can bet we’ll be trying that out!!! After that first adventure, we headed inside to give Archery Tag a try. Every tried it? It’s an absolute blast and a terrific family activity – would also be a big hit for a birthday party. Bryce Barnes, who owns Crown Haven (and comes up with all these creative and fun adventures), gave us a short lesson in how to use the bows and arrows...
Animals and Antiques in Lowell, Indiana

Animals and Antiques in Lowell, Indiana

Heavy rain was expected Saturday, so we got up early to get as much fun into our day as possible. After enjoying a delicious and relaxing breakfast at our hotel, we loaded up the car and headed a little bit south to Lowell, Indiana. Our first stop was Buckley Homestead. Buckley Homestead is described as a living history farm. It’s spread out over quite a few acres but is very walkable and so interesting that you cover quite a bit of ground without realizing it. The grounds are open from 7 AM to dusk daily, and the buildings are open from noon to 4 PM on the weekends in September and October. They do charge an admission to go inside the buildings and there are a variety of special events from time to time – check their website for updated information on what’s happening at the homestead. We started at the Visitors Center and walked across the street to the farmhouse. There was a small path with a variety of well-labeled apple and pear trees, and a hen house with pens that contained geese, chickens, a rooster, etc. They were loud! The closer we got, the more they complained – I made a short video as they were cracking us up: We crossed another street to find the large barn area – this was definitely our favorite part as we poked around in the dusty old barn and visited with lots of animals. There were cows, sheep, horses and lots of barn cats. Living in the suburbs we don’t get the chance to see farm animals up close very often, so my...
Treats for Everyone in Northern Indiana

Treats for Everyone in Northern Indiana

Candy for the kids and beer for the adults – what could be a better start to a weekend in Northern Indiana, right? When planning a quick overnight with the whole family, it’s important to look for a variety of activities that everyone will enjoy. Our first night did just that! We began our trip to Northern Indiana with a visit to the Albanese Candy Factory located in Merrillville. Factory tours are a unique addition to any vacation – it’s interesting to learn something new so we always search them out. Through the years, we’ve seen everything from potato chips to Harley Davidson’s made. If you are a fan of gummies, Albanese is the place to go. The candy is made right on site, and there are large glass windows where you can watch the process. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the factory, but I did get some of the store connected to it – look at all that candy!!! There is a three-part video series that explains how several Albanese products are made – the sour worms, gummy frogs and their chocolate products. The videos were short, entertaining and educational. The factory is covered in cornstarch – everything has a white coating on it which looks crazy, but by watching the videos you’ll learn why – it was very interesting. We stocked up on some goodies like the $6 bags of gummi goof-ups. These are gummies that taste great but don’t look perfect. They are fun to eat because they are so crazy and so we bought a few bags. In addition to gummies, you’ll find so...
Circle Your Hometown

Circle Your Hometown

Fall Break is coming up quickly and although we don’t have any big plans (thanks to sports!!!!), we will take advantage of the fabulous fall weather here in Indiana with lots of day trips. Instead of checking out the same places we go every year, we have decided to find some NEW everyday adventures. However, without a dog sitter, we can’t go far … so our challenge is to find plenty of fun things to do within about an hour’s radius of where we live. Instead of just guessing or going to the cities we’ve heard of, I decided to literally circle our hometown. On a map.   Look at all those towns within the circle – pretty amazing when you see it on paper! Now that I have a list of potential places we can check out, the research begins. I recently shared with you how I do this in my post Search Out the Unusual, and that is exactly the process I am following. So what are our plans? So far I’ve found an opalescent glass factory tour, a health bar (kombucha, smoothies, etc.), a cultural center & museum and quite a few Halloween themed events. Plus a Fall Out Boy concert, new brewery, and an apple picking farm! Even without a big trip planned, we will have plenty of fun. Keep an eye out the next few weeks as I share our adventures. In the meantime, do you want to be ready for an adventure of your own? I have a bag in the back of my car that I keep stocked with adventure essentials –...
Five Fun Fall Adventures in Hamilton County Indiana

Five Fun Fall Adventures in Hamilton County Indiana

With sunshine and a slight breeze, Saturday was the perfect weather to enjoy a day full of everyday adventures in Hamilton County Indiana. Hamilton County is a northern suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana and boasts some wonderful towns, lots of interesting things to do and a family-friendly atmosphere. We started our day as every morning should begin with a delicious cup of coffee. Indie Coffee Roasters is a local coffee shop at the edge of Main Street in Carmel with a fun, industrial vibe, friendly baristas, and rich, bold coffee. The shop is located in a converted house with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. We enjoyed sipping our coffee on the large patio as the temperature was perfect for our cappuccino’s and latte’s – crisp air but warm sunshine. I have plans to go back there and work in the near future – it’ll be a nice change of pace from my normal coffee shop! Indie Coffee Roasters also has kombucha on tap as well as decadent hot chocolate for the non-coffee drinkers. This was an excellent way to begin our day of exploring. The shop is open Monday – Saturday from 7 AM – 6 PM and is closed on Sunday. Once we were fueled up, we walked through the Carmel Farmer’s Market to pick up some fresh tomatoes and zucchini for the week. Yum! Our next stop was to pick a pumpkin at Russell Farms in Noblesville, IN. If you are looking for family-friendly fall fun, Russell Farms has you covered. Not only did we find the perfect pumpkin, but we also found a lot of fun!...

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